100-meter record-holder Powell to run 400 tuneup


KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Asafa Powell will run his first race of
the year in front of home fans on Saturday in the Queen's/Grace
Jackson Invitational meet.

Coach Stephen Francis said the world 100-meter record-holder
will run the 400 meters at the meet to get in shape. Michael
Frater, the world championships 100 silver medalist, also will run
the 400.

"That's the way we normally start the season," Francis said.

He said Powell also will run a second 400 in Jamaica at either
the Gibson Relays on Feb. 24 or the G.C. Foster Classic on March

The women's 400 will feature Sherone Simpson, the Commonwealth
200 champion; Brigitte Foster-Hylton, the world championships 100
hurdles bronze medalist; and Geraldine Pillay, the Commonwealth 100
silver medalist.